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Clasp'd in her arnıs th' unconscious cherub lay, 635
Soon as the Warrior pass'd us on the main,
* In the event of the collision of two ships at sea, and the destruction of the smaller one, there is no resource left but in the boats. If they be of the same bulk, both may founder. "Two remarkable British men of war, after leaving port, were never more heard of; the Aurora frigate, having on board Falconer, the legitimate oceanbard ; and the Blenheim, a seventy-four, manned with the heroes of the Nile. Their loss is commonly ascribed to a heavy gale, but I have often thought they might respectively have gone down in a midnight encounter with some other ship, and their startled crews have resigned their spirits in one wailing burst of anguish.
Of friends, of hope, of all bereft,
Morn comes at last, but, oh! no solace brings, 645
High o'er the topsail yard, the shatter'd sail
Ye sacred Nine, who o'er the harp preside,
lies. With courage nerv'd, the canvass to unbend, Six seamen with the gallant boy ascend 670
The rock'd yard dipping low ;-the shatter'd sail
The fore-sail shakes, our vessel wildly bounds,
Then Hampden to the life-buoy eager flew,
Through the craz'd crowd túmultuous clamours ran
she cannot live, and does the wave Appal your breasts, when Mercy pleads to save ?
* When a person falls overboard at sea the consternation of the crew will be readily conceived. The general cry through the ship is, "A man overboard ! Hard down with the helm !” The helm is immediately put a-lee, the ship hove up in the wind, and her progress through the water suspended. Meantime, whilst the sails are shaking, the life buoy is launched from the quarter, and coops and gratings are thrown to aid the object of general sympathy; and, if the sea be not so tremendous as to render his situation irretrievable, the boat is lowered and dispatched to rescue him.